Government Urging Mexican Immigrants in US to Become Citizens and Vote
Eric Martin and Nacha Cattan - Bloomberg
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March 21, 2016
Donald Trump’s plan to build a wall on the U.S.-Mexico border is stirring up a range of emotions for those who live there. Some say it would divide the two countries. Others say a wall is needed to stop illegal immigration and drug smuggling. (Associated Press)
Mexico is mounting an unprecedented effort to turn its permanent residents in the U.S. into citizens, a status that would enable them to vote - presumably against Donald Trump.
Officially, Mexico says it respects U.S. sovereignty and has no strategy to influence the result of the presidential race. Yet Mexican diplomats are mobilizing for the first time to assist immigrants in gaining U.S. citizenship, hosting free workshops on naturalization.
"This is a historic moment where the Mexican consulate will open its doors to carry out these types of events in favor of the Mexican community," Adrian Sosa, a spokesman for the consulate in Chicago, said before an event on March 19. In Dallas, about 250 permanent residents attended the consulate’s first "citizenship clinic" in February and another 150 in its second in March. In Las Vegas, the turnout topped 500.
Underscoring the fine line that separates participation from interfering in another country’s election, Sosa noted that the consulate only hosts the event but it’s community organizations who offer the advice.
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